Bacara Resort Beach
||Santa Barbara, CA|
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Bacara Resort Beach is in a beautiful area. The hills are covered in strands of tall wonderful trees. You feel like you are far away from it all, surrounded by nature. Wildflowers abound. It's nice to walk the short hard-packed path from the beach access parking to the beach. Here you will find fancy resort restrooms and a few picnic areas amongst wildflowers and small palms.
To the west one looks toward the picturesque pier and dramatic white cliffs that catch the afternoon light. The resort looks like a Spanish village cascading down the hillside. An extremely steep (and slippery) path leads alongside the resort. Don't take it unless you have shoes with good grip because there's no handrail. There you can take in sweeping views of the beach and pier and find little wildflowers of all colors along the way.
A loop trail leads beside high impressive white cliffs to the east. This is a short though steep hike that even young kids can do. Little white-tailed bunny rabbits scoot by. Fishermen hang out on the pebbly beach below. An impressive strand of Monterey cypress line the tall cliffs. An estuary reaches far back into green hills. You walk uphill past the gas facility to a lookout with a great view, then back down to the picnic area.
Surfers enjoy the waves beside the pier at a spot called Haskells.
It's lovely to take a long walk down the beach and see what you find. There are all kinds of treasures like driftwood, shells, smooth rocks, crab claws, kelp floaters, and more.
If you're hungry, drive to Anna's Bakery. which is in the Camino Real Shopping Center, east of the resort on Hollister Ave. The muffins there are so good! Kahuna Grill, near Anna's Bakery, is also really yummy, with hamburgers, kebobs, and salads. You can take your kids to the nice playground at Girsh Park or to the unique play equipment at Dinosaur Park.
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Bacara Resort Beach is located at 8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta CA 93117, call (805) 968-0100.
Exit Highway 95 at the Glen Annie/Storke exit instead. Then head toward the ocean. Turn right on Hollister Ave and follow it to the end. It leads into the hotel driveway.
Follow the hotel driveway for a while. Turn left, following the signs that say "Coastal Access Parking." There's a short hard-packed sand path to the beach.
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|Baccara. Beach. Is. Nice. Just. Like. Goleta. Beach. And. Beaches. Are. Fun. Cause. You. Get|
To. Build. Sand. Castles.
|most wonderful - thanks...|
|the beaches in goleta have a very nice feel and plenty of room without the overcrowdedness of some other beaches. The water is not crystal clear and not warm at all, but still adequate. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were spotted there one year when I first moved to go to UCSB, so if it is good enough for them it is good enough for me.|
|dawn patrolling at double overhead Haskells--with only 5 guys out!|
|Great place Quiet peaceful and good place to surf.|